For me, nothing really beats the live TV version of this song, which has been on YouTube for years now. BUT ... those go-go dancers gyrating behind the band and either side of the band members always got me thinking of an alternative video. The idea has been on the backburner for quite some time (for over two years), but finally I have felt like doing a video for this truly classic psychedelic blast from the past.
"Journey To The Center Of The Mind" was one of the first really fast-paced, hard rock psychedelic songs I fell in love with ... I couldn't play it enough during the summer of '68 on the jukebox at the beach. Like "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan, "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane, or "Incense And Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock, this classic by The Amboy Dukes Without question was one of the Top 40 songs that truly helped to define the psychedelic era. Ted Nugent's guitar shines on "Journey" like few other songs of this kind and from this era ... it reaches out through the decades almost like an anthem. High energy, melodic, powerful. True, guitarists like Page, Blackmore, Montrose, and others could play rings around him ... but NOT on this baby.
Recorded in 1967, "Journey To The Center Of The Mind" debuted on the Dukes' second LP in April 1968 and was released as a single on June 22. It peaked at #20 on Cash Box and #16 on Billboard on August 24, 1968. It had a lot of stiff competition, including "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Cream, "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, "Hello, I Love You" by the Doors, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" by Status Quo, "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan, and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Vanilla Fudge. Under those circumstances, making it to #16 was pretty damn good.